It’s been a while since I’ve shared a find from my ephemera collection. For my last “Found” post, I published two vintage images of two comic odd couples from my vernacular photography collection.
I discovered this striking postcard of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Valley Curtain far from its source in a small shop near Rabun Gap, Georgia.
On August 10, 1972, in Rifle, Colorado, between Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs in the Grand Hogback Mountain Range, at 11 a.m. a group of 35 construction workers and 64 temporary helpers, art-school and college students, and itinerant art workers tied down the last of 27 ropes that secured the 200,200 square feet of woven nylon fabric orange curtain to its moorings at Rifle Gap, 7 miles north of Rifle, on Highway 325.
The Valley Curtain was greeted with enthusiasm by the residents of the town of Rifle and by the construction workers who risked limbs and lives on the stunt. Twenty-eight hours after the piece was installed, it was destroyed by a storm gale in excessive of 60 miles per hour. The project cost over $400,000.
The artists sold drawings and other art work to raise the necessary funds to create the Valley Curtain. Christo and Jeanne-Claude pay for all of their projects themselves. Refusing grants and donations to support their art ventures assures their artistic freedom.